There can be no reconciliation without social justice and there can be no social justice without reconciliation
(Mick Dodson, National Reconciliation Convention, Melbourne 1997)
As sites of critical learning, universities are powerful agents for social change and have a responsibility to provide an environment free from racism in all of its forms
(Wright, J 2002, Apartheid: Australian Style)
RECOGNITION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT
Charles Sturt University is committed to the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. As Australia's leading national university of inland Australia, it recognises the particular role and responsibility this tertiary educational institution has in promoting social justice and human rights for Indigenous Australians, both nationally and within the footprint of Charles Sturt University.
Charles Sturt University recognises and acknowledges:
This statement of reconciliation was adopted by University Council on Friday, 7 December, 2007.
The ethos of Charles Sturt University (the University) is clearly described by the Wiradjuri phrase 'yindyamarra winhanga-nha' - 'The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'. If our graduates are to embrace this ethos in their personal and professional lives they need: understandings of their cultural and historical standpoints, skills and attributes of Indigenous cultural competency, professional skills specific to their disciplines which can be derived from high quality, culturally inclusive, professional education.
Charles Sturt University has a strong policy framework governing school and faculty responsibility for the inclusion of Indigenous Australian content and subjects in all courses.
The Indigenous Board of Studies (IBS) is a sub-committee of the university’s Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee and is chaired by Associate Professor Jay Phillips. Board members include representatives from all three Faculties of Charles Sturt University and the Division of Learning and Teaching.
All IBS documents can be found on the Office of Governance website. This includes previous agendas and minutes, Committee Membership and Terms of Reference, meeting schedules, and submission guidelines and template. An Incorporating Indigenous Australian Content: Workflow Diagram has been developed to assist with understanding the approval process of the Indigenous Board of Studies.
The Board monitors the implementation of the Indigenous Australian content in CSU Courses policy through quality assurance and approval of all Indigenous Australian subjects and content that align with the following policy classifications:
Content that is developed and taught by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies
Subjects in this this category hold an IKC subject code, for example:
Subjects and/or content in courses developed and taught by other Schools across the three faculties of CSU. There are three sub-categories for this classification:
Subjects approved under this classification include:
Subjects that are co-developed and co-taught by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies and the convening discipline School. Indigenous Australian content is incorporated into every topic/module/ assessment task.
Subjects that have been approved with this classification include:
Recommended link for other policy and guidelines for Indigenous Australian studies curriculum at CSU